20 days in England Itinerary

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London
— 4 nights
Train
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York
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Cockermouth
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Windermere
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Cheltenham
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Bath
— 3 nights
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London — 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at HMS Belfast and Cutty Sark. Visit Buckingham Palace and Royal Observatory Greenwich for their historical value. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Westminster, take an in-depth tour of British Library, explore the landscape on two wheels at BrakeAway Bike Tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the London trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to London is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to York.
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York — 3 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Let the collections at Yorkshire Air Museum and Fairfax House capture your imagination. Visit Rievaulx Abbey and York Cold War Bunker for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: Spirit of Harrogate Ltd (in Harrogate), Ampleforth Abbey (in Ampleforth) and National Trust - Rievaulx Terrace (in Helmsley). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Treasurer's House, stroll through Mother Shipton's Cave, examine the collection at York Castle Museum, and hike along River Nidd Waterside Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the York attractions planner.

Getting from London to York by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in York can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cockermouth.
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Cockermouth — 3 nights

Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. Get outdoors at Derwentwater and St. Bees Beach. You'll explore and learn at The Beacon Museum and Derwent Pencil Museum. When in Cockermouth, make a side trip to see Ennerdale Water in Ennerdale Bridge, approximately Ennerdale Bridge away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Rum Story, sample the tasty concoctions at Jennings Brewery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Bega's Church, and gain insight at Keswick Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cockermouth trip planner.

Drive from York to Cockermouth in 2.5 hours. August in Cockermouth sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Windermere.
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Windermere — 3 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Gummer's How. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Windermere and Hawkshead Grammar School Museum. Explore Windermere's surroundings by going to Bowness-on-Windermere (The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, St Martin's Church, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Wray Castle, contemplate the long history of Stott Park Bobbin Mill, identify plant and animal life at Brockhole on Windermere, and examine the collection at Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Windermere itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cockermouth to Windermere in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Cheltenham.
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Cheltenham — 3 nights

Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Get in touch with nature at Walks With Hawks and Cotswold Way. Get some cultural insight at Tewkesbury Abbey and Montpellier District. Explore Cheltenham's surroundings by going to Great Witley (Great Witley Parish Church & Witley Court & Gardens), Pershore Abbey (in Pershore) and The Firs: Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar (in Broadheath). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Belas Knap, examine the collection at Tewkesbury Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St John Baptist, and try to win big at Cheltenham Racecourse.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cheltenham trip tool.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Cheltenham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Cheltenham, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bath.
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Bath — 3 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Holburne Museum, examine the collection at Fashion Museum Bath, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Bath at Work, then take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, and finally steep yourself in history at Bath Street.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bath online tour planner.

Drive from Cheltenham to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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England travel guide

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A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.
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